VLC media player is a free, platform-independent, and open source multimedia player and framework. It supports most multimedia file formats, DVD, audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Does VLC media player provide source code?

Yes, VLC media player provides source code.

Is VLC media player free of charge?

VLC media player and its source code are free for personal use. For information about the pricing for enterprise use, see relevant usage terms of VLC media player.

What operating systems does VLC media player support?

VLC media player supports most operating systems, such as Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS. VLC media player provides the player program for each of the operating systems.

What live stream formats does VLC media player support?

VLC media player supports most live stream formats, including Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), Flash Video (FLV), and M3U8.

How do I download VLC media player?

You can download the latest version of VLC media player from its official website.

How do I use VLC media player to play videos?

After you install VLC media player, perform the following steps to play videos:

  1. Start VLC media player and choose Media > Open Network Stream. The Open Media dialog box appears.

  2. Obtain the streaming URL.

    Log on to the ApsaraVideo Live console. Choose Stream Management > Ingest Endpoints. On Ingest Endpoint Management page, find the stream that you want and click Streaming URL in the Actions column. 

  3. Go back to VLC media player. On the Network tab of the Open Media dialog box, enter the streaming URL and click Play.

    After you complete the preceding steps, you can view the live stream.

    Note: In normal cases, the buffer period is 2 to 5 seconds. The buffer period varies with the network condition.